Zoology and animal science

Deakin's Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science has a strong focus on Australian fauna and its unique importance in the global environment and is underpinned by the latest research in zoology providing students with a broad understanding of the current field of zoology.

Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
Bachelor of Zoology and Animal ScienceCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Postgraduate degrees
Master of Science (Research)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

Why study zoology and animal science at Deakin?

Highly sought-after skill set

Zoology and Animal Science at Deakin provides you with a range of skills including specialist knowledge, practical skills, the ability to think critically and solve problems, and learn independently whilst also being an effective team member. Having a broad understanding of the current field of zoology, together with an emphasis on exposure to the latest cutting-edge research allows students to develop a range of practical and evidence-based decision-making skills that are highly sought after by employers

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Tailor your degree

The course comprises sixteen core units focusing on the diversity, ecology, behaviour, physiology, biochemistry, genetics and evolutionary biology of animals from amoeba through to the zebra. Studies will also be complemented by a number of practical and field based learning experiences. In addition to the core unit requirement you may also use up to eight of your remaining electives on units offered anywhere within the University allowing you to obtain a major sequence in an area that really interests you.

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Want to study overseas as part of your degree?

Maybe you should apply for the Global Science and Technology Program. The program enables students to achieve their dreams of a truly global education and includes a $3000 scholarship. Visit the Global Science and Technology Program website to find out more about the program, how it works and where our students are studying overseas. You will also find information about how to apply for this amazing opportunity.

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Work-Integrated Learning

Our Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Program allows you to incorporate a full or part-time industry placement as part of your degree, enabling you to develop the skills employers highly value. It also prepares you for real-life settings in which today's science graduates work. WIL placements are designed as elective units and are credited towards your degree. Some placements also come with an industry‑funded scholarship.

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Our teaching and research staff are experts in their respective fields, with broad international links and experiences. Much of Deakin's research in zoology and animal science is conducted in partnership with government departments, industry and leading international scientists, and is funded by nationally and internationally competitive granting agencies.

Honours study

Honours is an optional specialised year of study that allows you to draw together the theory and practical skills gained in previous undergraduate studies. It is offered in all the Deakin science degrees and gives you the opportunity to refine your analytical and research skills while expanding employment and study options. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of your particular discipline through research, additional coursework and training in research techniques.

Career opportunities

As a graduate you may find career opportunities in a range of areas including zoological research, environmental monitoring and management, wildlife biology, private environmental consulting, government quarantine, museums, and universities.

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